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October 29, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
You saw in our Arizona Fall League update yesterday how Indians prospects are fairing in the league. Let's just refresh your memory with their overall numbers for the Winter season.
Player Updates: -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - 6G, 5.2IP, 15H, 25R, 18ER, 10BB, 5K, 28.59ERA
RHP Erik Stiller - 6G, 7.1IP, 16H, 19R, 12ER, 3BB, 7K, 14.73ERA
RHP Josh...
October 28, 2008   (0 comments)
The Surprise Rafters are sitting at the bottom of the AFL standings, with a record of 4-13. The Rafters pitchers continue to get knocked around, and its not just the Indians prospects who are struggling. On a more positive note, both Beau Mills and Wes Hodges participated in the AFL "Rising Stars" game this past Friday, and both played well in the exciting victory for the AFL's National Division. The...
October 28, 2008   (0 comments)
Click here for part one which posted last Monday
Welcome back to part two of my minor league comparisons. This piece will handle the bigger names in the Indians’ minor league system.
First off is last year’s number one pick, Beau Mills. He has only one completed year in the minors so it was a bit tricky to find a solid comparison, but one player that stuck out was Xavier Nady. Nady...
October 26, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The Surprise Rafters record sits at 4-12 for the season and they sit in 3rd place (3 teams) of the AFL National Division, 5 games behind the first place Peoria Javelinas.
Player Updates (10/22 - 10/25): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - Lofgren struggled again on 10/22 allowing 4 earned runs in 2IP, but actually lowered his ERA to 35.31 for the season (4.1IP, 12H, 19R,...
October 25, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor league baseball lost a great person today. Delmont Miller, 42, passed away today from a massive heart attack.
For those that don't know, he was the scoreboard operator at Kinston for 22 years, and has had the job since he was 20-years old. I had the opportunity to meet Miller at Kinston, and while he was unique in every way, he was a wonderful person.
Here is a link to a short...
October 25, 2008   (0 comments)
Time for another Saturday rundown to recap all the happenings in the system from this past week as well as a few news items:
October 24, 2008   (0 comments)
Smit Goes From Outback To The Pros
This is an article from August 2007, but thought some who missed it the first time around may be interested in it. In the coming weeks, I'll be posting several more of these older articles that were written before this blog began a year ago.
The Indians dipped into the outback last year to nab 16-year old Jason Smit, a promising, young prospect out of Australia. When he signed with the Indians...
October 23, 2008   (0 comments)
Another edition of Smoke Signals airs tonight Thursday Oct 23rd at 9:30-10:30pm. Paul and I will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the organization at each position from majors to minors, and try to hone in on the positions of need and what to do this offseason. A 10pm, the talk will shift over to the winter leagues where we will run down the Hawaii, Arizona, Dominican, Venezuela, and Mexico...
October 22, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The AFL is now moving into it's third week and you saw in our week two review yesterday how Indians prospects have been fairing so far. Let's just refresh your memory with their overall numbers for the Winter season.
Player Updates: -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - 4G, 2.1IP, 8H, 15R, 13ER, 7BB, 1K, 50.14ERA
RHP Erik Stiller - 4G, 4.2IP, 14H, 17R, 10ER, 2BB,...
October 22, 2008   (0 comments)
Phoenix, Arizona — The Arizona Fall League stages its third annual Rising Stars Game at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, October 24 at Surprise Stadium, the spring home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. The Rising Stars Game is scheduled for a World Series travel day to fill a void for baseball fans.
Scouting and minor league directors of every major-league organization, in consultation with...
October 21, 2008   (0 comments)
Week two of the Arizona Fall League saw the Indians pitchers getting lit up across the board, lowlighted by a 28-1 loss by the Surprise Rafters yesterday. Josh Tomlin, stellar up until yesterday, got the start and gave up 9 ER in just 2 IP. Even with that poor outing, Tomlin's ERA stands at 10.00. Not to be outdone, Erik Stiller came in and gave up 7 runs (2 ER) including 2 HR. Add that to Chuck...
October 20, 2008   (0 comments)
The season is done and now the analysis begins. Most Tribe fans out there see an Indians team that, with a few changes, could be at the top of their division next year. To acquire the players to achieve that, however, the Indians will have to trade some of their top specs this winter. So the question is: How can the Indians ensure they trade players who are the least likely to make impacts later? One...
October 19, 2008   (0 comments)
Arizona Fall League
The Surprise Rafters are currently 4-7 and in last place (3 teams) of the AFL National Division - 2 games behind the first place Peoria Javelinas.
Player Updates (10/15 - 10/18): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - Lofgren continues to really struggle in the AFL. Since the last update Lofgren has made two appearances; he worked 0.2 innings on 10/15 allowing 4 runs and...
October 18, 2008   (0 comments)
With no Minor Happenings until next spring and the news these days almost non-existent, for the entire offseason I will be providing a "Weekend Rundown" every Saturday or Sunday that sort of covers all the news from the previous week. Here is the rundown for this week, which actually had a lot of news:
October 17, 2008   (0 comments)
June 19 RHP Brian Grening added to roster
June 23 INF Jansey Infante transferred to Lake County
June 27 LHP Eric Burger added to the roster
June 27 INF Jason Rodriguez retires
June 28 RHP Matt Langwell added to roster
June 28 INF Walter Diaz promoted from GCL Indians
July 2 P Guido Fonseca transferred to GCL Indians
July 12 P Travis Turek transferred...
October 17, 2008   (0 comments)
4-24 Chris Archer transferred to Mahoning Valley roster
4-24 John Gaub added to the roster from extended spring training
4-30 Chris Archer added to the roster from Mahoning Valley
4-30 Ryan Morris transferred to Mahoning Valley roster
5-3 Santo Frias transferred to Mahoning Valley Roster
5-3 Ryan Morris added to the roster from Mahoning Valley
5-7 Mike Pontius...
October 17, 2008   (0 comments)
8/31 – C Brian Juhl activated
8/31 – C Carlos Santana sent to AA Akron
8/27 – OF Nick Weglarz activated (Olympics)
8/27 – C Brian Juhl inactive
8/23 – INF Jerad Head received from Double A Akron
8/23 – INF Jansy Infante put on DL
8/20 – INF Jansy Infante taken off of DL
8/20 – INF Jerad Head sent to AA...
October 17, 2008   (0 comments)
Here are the final transactions for Double-A Akron in 2008:
April 10: OF Trevor Crowe placed on DL (back) (retro to 4/6)
April 10: OF Stephen Head received from extended spring training
April 15: RHP Bubbie Buzachero promoted to Class AAA Buffalo
April 15: RHP Scott Roehl received from Mahoning Valley
April 17: OF Stephen Head placed on disabled list (wrist) (retro...
October 17, 2008   (0 comments)
4/14 A. Gonzalez Placed on Temporary Inactive List
4/14 D. Wallace Activated from Mahoning Valley
4/15 T. Mastny Recalled to Cleveland
4/16 B. Buzachero Promoted from Akron
4/18 A. Gonzalez Activated off Temporary Inactive List
4/18 D. Wallace Transferred to Mahoning Valley
4/22 B. Francisco Recalled to Cleveland
4/23 A. Miller Acitvated
October 16, 2008   (0 comments)
Not 100% yet, but right-handed reliever Erik Stiller is likely to call in tonight for a 10-15 minute interview about what he is up to in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and what the experience is like out there. Also, Josh Kusnick (Michael Brantley's agent) will call in briefly as well with some thoughts on the AFL since he is out there right now.
In addition to that, Paul and I will get back...